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Civil Air Patrol Cadets Learning Life Skills

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Cadets in the Nevada Wing of the Civil Air Patrol are back in training for the annual encampment at the Reno-Stead Airport.

The program may look and sound like a U.S. military drill, but there's one major difference, the cadets are all kids, some as young as twelve.  Cadet Major Stephanie Lucia says from the young officers yelling commands, to the boys and girls standing in line-up, each cadet is learning from one another.

"There's so many different things that they're exposed to that they may have never seen before and that way they can start to choose their own path," said Lucia.

The encampment is a week-long training environment that tests both mind and body. Cadet Major Blaise Cohen says through the use of educational activities and fitness drills, the kids learn valuable life lessons like leadership and how to work as a team.

"How do I work as a member of a unit, lead myself and eventually lead other people, so it's a precursor to if they do have military service,” said Cohen.

It's not just life skills that these cadets are learning; they're also having real-life hands on experiences. On Wednesday, the cadets took a ride inside a black hawk and a chinook helicopter.

Austin McCoy is one of this year’s cadets who’s been in the civil air patrol for more than a year now. He says this year's encampment is challenging but serves as an important resource since one day he wants to be a pilot.

"One thing I want to do with the civil air patrol is advance pretty far in it so I can help my chances of getting into the air force academy and then I want to fly for the air force for a while and then fly commercially,” says McCoy.

On Sunday at 10 a.m. the cadets will take part in their graduation ceremony at the Reno-Stead airport to celebrate the end of this year's program.

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